Taranaki people; proud and resilient, people of the land and all corners of the earth, woven together, supporting each other, united in community.
Together we are stronger. Positivity, opportunity, creativity; these are the gifts of our ancestors, for here under our maunga, anything may be possible.
TSB Community Trust is a philanthropic trust at the heart of the Taranaki community; our communities’ success drives everything we do.
Our Trust was formed in 1988 as the owner of the TSB Bank Ltd. The Trustees of the TSB Community Trust are the Shareholders of TSB Group Ltd, a holding company that manages the Trust’s asset investments. These are 100% of TSB Bank Ltd and 49% of Fisher Funds Management Ltd.
The TSB Community Trust derives its income from these assets, which as per the Trust Deed, can be applied towards supporting not-for-profit organisations within our legislative boundary, towards “charitable, cultural, philanthropic, recreational and other purposes beneficial to the community".
Over the years the Bank has experienced steady growth. Today we're proud that it remains independent and Taranaki-owned, and that our community continues to benefit from early decisions made by bank visionaries. While the Bank is a separate organisation to the Trust, it provides a solid asset base to support our work, alongside more recent improvements that will see our assets grow in the future.
In 1990 – our first year of making grants – we gave out $161,000 in funds. Now our grant making runs into the millions, with over $100 million granted since 1990. Our funding is varied, covering a wide range of activities related to learning, community wellbeing, arts, culture and heritage, environment, health and rescue services. We make small grants to community groups through to major grants including those which help to ensure the wellbeing of our communities. We also fund individuals selected to represent New Zealand or to participate in national development squads.
As we’ve matured, we’ve grown alongside our community. Our infrastructure has strengthened and we’ve expanded our staff so we can better support our grant making programmes and the ways we are engaging with our community. No longer just a grant maker - we also work alongside organisations helping them to develop their capacity and their own solutions.We are very interested in collaborative approaches and as an evidence based funder, when needed, we are investing in research to increase the impact of our funding.
Click here to read our Trust Deed